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making news in america this morning, tragic loss, robin williams, the cherished comedian, found dead in his home. the latest on the investigation, reaction from his daughter overnight and a look at his most memorable moments. anger mounts. more unrest in a city torn apart following the police involved shooting of a teenager. the new video in overnight as the teenager's mother talks about what's next in her fight. subway scare. a stroller rolls on to the tracks with a baby inside. the woman who leapt to the rescue and why they're releasing the video. unexpected hazard, a dirt bike rider gets quite the surprise in the middle of a race.
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good morning, miami michelle franzen. >> i'm devin dwyer. we begin with the death of a hollywood legend, rashth and comedian robin williams, of course, found dead in his home north of san francisco. apparently from suicide caused by asphyxia. >> he delighted millions with a career that spanned nearly 40 years. but unfortunately that legacy of laughs apparently hit a very painful personal battle. abc's tahman bradley leads off our coverage. >> overnight, hollywood mourned the loss of legendary actor robin williams. from the iconic comedy club, the laugh factory to the hollywood walk of fame to the premiere of "expendables 3," shock and sadness. >> we are mourning the loss of such a great man. you know, he was such a fantastic actor. >> he was awe a unique guy. he was just a force of nature. >> reporter: the academy award winner died monday at his home in northern california. they suspect he took his own life. williams representative said he
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had been battling severe depression of late. online fan, celebrities and williams' family grieved. i love you, i miss you, i'll try to keep looking up his daughter zelda tweeted. >> he was one of a kind. he arrived in our lives as an alien but he ended up touching every element of our spirit. as an oddball alien in the television classic "mork & mindy." >> be free. you must revolt against your oppressors. you nothing to lose but your shells. >> reporter: entertainment weekly called him the funniest man alive but many of his roles were mixed with warmth and wit. "good morning, vietnam," "dead poets society," "mrs. doubtfire" and "good will hunting" for which he won his oscar. >> i thought about what you said to me the other day about my painting. >> reporter: an autopsy is scheduled for today and the coroner will hold a news conference. tahman bradley, abc news, washington. we've been hearing in recent
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years about williams' battle with addiction. >> that's right. eight years ago back in 2006 he sat down with our own diane sawyer and opened up to her about the darkness of his struggle with addiction. but as always, he showed a glimmer of hope. >> people say how do you feel. with my fingers. how don't drink. what are you doing to stay that way? don't drink. >> just alcohol. >> just alcohol. that's enough really. that's all. >> so to talk about it as caused by something -- >> not caused by anything. it's just there. it's latent. it waits. humiliations give you humility. literally. >> was there something somebody said, one sentence that got through that sailed through? >> you're a drunk. no, it's like it got through to me saying you need and that's the best sentence that got through if are you yourself -- >> no, that's another side of yourself that you don't know. dr. jekyll, mr. jack daniels. >> is there a sadness about these past two years then? >> um, yeah, there's a sadness
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then you have to go -- then there's also hope. sadness is always like, yeah, you wish they hadn't happened but they did and the purpose is to make you different. it's that idea of you're back and you realize the thing that matters are others. way beyond yourself. >> and we know williams was back at a treatment facility as recently as last month but we don't know yet whether any substances played a role. the toxicology tests will be due out here after the autopsy in several more weeks. >> also williams was set to star in the sequel of "mrs. doubtfire." that is doubtful, though. reportedly likely to be cancelled. >> that's right. stay with abc news for the latest on the death of robin williams later on "good morning america." how celebrities reacted overnight and on twitter. so much more coming up later. and abc news will have an hour-long tribute to williams on a special edition of "20/20" tonight at 10:00 eastern. the other major story we're following this morning is the growing unrest near st. louis,
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missouri, after the shooting of that unarmed teenager by police. officers in riot gear used tear gas to break up a crowd of protesters late lathe last night in ferguson. his mother is hoping for peace in the city. >> i'm going through something i can't even explain to you. i can't even describe to you. they took my son from me. they just took my son to me. >> details what led to the shooting are not clear. the fbi has launched its own review of the incident. now to another major story this morning. the latest on the political showdown in iraq. the current prime minister, nuri al maliki, says he's going to hold on to the job despite the fact that another politician has been chosen to be the next leader. the selection of hader al abadi as the new prime minister has the backing of the white house. >> earlier today vice president
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biden and i called dr. abadi to congratulate him and urge him to form a new cabinet as quickly as possible. >> as for the battle against those islamic militants, the pentagon says u.s. air strikes have slowed isis down, but they're unlikely to affect the militants' overall capabilities or operations. fire crews in the northwest are battling more than two dozen wildfires this morning. more thunderstorms in the region today have raised concerns about new fires. lightning was the spark for many of the blazes in washington, oregon, northern california and idaho. most of those are in state or national forests or heavily wooded land. meanwhile, flood warnings are in effect this morning for the detroit area until at least daybreak. a storm late yesterday dumped more than 5 inches of rain in just a few hours. the average for the entire month of august, only 3 inches of rain. riders in a city bus, there you see, terrified as it filled up with goodwater. drivers were stranded this their
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cars. and a lot more weather on the way. time for weather from across the nation. a cold front will bring cooler temperatures and thunderstorms to the northwest. heavy rain will also drench the southwest and slowly move from the eastern midwest to the east coast. >> we'll see more moderate temperatures today in the 80s in the west coast, upper 80s in the rockies and the 70s near the great lakes today. highs will be around 90 along the gulf coast and in the mid-70s, very pleasant, in the northeast. well, still ahead a new weapon in the fight against cancer. the test just approved by the fda for one of the deadliest fors of the disease. new details in the racetrack death involving tony stewart and what we're learning about a second video of the crash. plus, much more on the death of robin williams. we have reaction from celebrities and his friends and a look at some of his best performances. >> medicine, law, business, engineering. these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life but poetry, beauty, romance, love,
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washington, phoenix and atlanta. recapping our top story this morning, the death of robin williams. >> tributes have been pouring in from around the world over the news of the apparent suicide of the hollywood legend. we've been hearing in recent years about his past struggles with addiction and his agent now says the 63-year-old had been battling severe depression. this morning, even those close to williams and his struggles are stunned. >> he went through -- we're surprised he lived as long as he did with all the craziness in the '80s. we figured he was over the hump. >> the preliminary cause of death is suicide by asphyxia. an autopsy will be performed later today. and abc news will have much more on the passing of robin williams late they are morning, a special edition of "good morning america." some new details in the investigation of the racetrack tragedy involving tony stewart.
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an autopsy has found that 20-year-old driver kevin ward jr. died of blunt force trauma after being struck by stuart's car. investigators are now analyzing a second video of the incident taken from a different angle than we've seen before. police maintain they have found no criminal conduct and they have no plans to interview stuart for a third time. ward's funeral is set for thursday. a major medical headline this morning. the fda has approved a gene test to screen for colon cancer. it's called cologuard and detected 92% of colon cancers in 10,000 patients. a colon no scopy is the best procedure. colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the u.s. a close call for a child in the london subway system. a baby stroller is left parked against a wall and a gust of wind in the tunnel apparently
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blows the stroller on to the tracks with the baby inside it. then a woman leaps down and saves the child. it is not known, though, if she is the child's mother. and check this out. a dirt bike racer in southern california is doing great until, watch the left side. that deer steps out in front of him. taking him right to the ground. the deer just ran away. the rider took a little while longer to get back up, as you might imagine. >> kind of blends in the scenery, same color as the ground. sports highlights and baseball highlights. >> we get some of last night's highlights from our guys at espn. >> welcome to our "sportscenter" set in los angeles. he's neil everett. i'm stan verrett. orioles in first place but might have a concern. >> i have never colored my hair, by the way. manny machado is the concern. he's had knee problems in the past and he's got a knee problem again. been the left kneecap in the
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past. right knee, orioles saying a sprain. mri tuesday. if you know the o's, you know how important he is to that ball club. bottom eight, orioles up -- the orioles just beat the yankee pitching staff bad. jonathan scope there, orioles, 11-3. a's and royal, kansas city the hottest team in baseball came in on a seven-game win streak, a win and a detroit loss would give them first place in the a.l. central. escobar trying to help out. aoki scores. rbi single for escobar and royals up, 3-2. to the ninth, still a 3-2 game. one on, two outs. flies out to dyson. and check out dyson. he's going to finish with a backflip and the royals flip-flop the tigers who lost to the pirates, kansas city in first place in the a.l. central. this is the latest they've been in first place in their division
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since 2003. >> i like arthur bryant's. >> okay. a daredevil leap and quite a landing to show you. this one comes to us from hawaii. it is our "play of the day." check this out. this paraglader flying off a mountain skirting dangerously close to the ground there and turns downright gutsy as he takes aim at that row of apartment buildings. >> he flies right between the buildings over the pool and some palm trees then a right turn and right past a couple of guys using we had whackers on the lawn before landing safely on that strip of grass. >> good for him. >> he did a pretty good job there. >> didn't get mowed over ear. up next in "the pulse," the reactions coming in from around the world on the passing of robin williams. plus, the instant connection the late comic and american troops. ♪
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♪ welcome back. remembering a hollywood legend. >> robin williams dead at the age of 63 of an apparent suicide. the comedian, actor and hollywood legend leaves behind a legacy of laughs and now a trail of tears. tributes are pouring in from around the world. abc's jimmy kimmel tweeting "robin was as sweet a man as he was funny. if you're sad please tell someone ♪ >> from actor kevin spacey "robin williams made the world laugh and think, i will remember and honor that. a great man, artist and friend. i will miss him beyond measure." and this particular touching message from the academy of motion picture arts and sciences. "genie, you're free ♪ >> very sweet picture there. he was, of course, the voice of the genie in that disney film. a disney legend through and
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through and this memorial you see growing at the so-called "good will hunting" bench in the boston public garden. the same spot where you see robin and matt damon filming that now famous scene. >> yeah, people are returning there leaving movie quotes written in chalk at the base of the bench along with flowers. next, a moment williams said he would never forget. >> this is 200le. he was performing for troops in kuwait. every soldier suddenly turned around when they heard a song started playing. williams clearly had no idea what was happening. >> he didn't realize that the soldiers stand at attention when the base's flag did being lowered and williams turned it into a great moment. >> i'm not going to forget that. [ laughter ] i've never had an entire audience go, forget you. you have no idea. [ cheers and applause ] i was also wondering what's coming from that way. [ laughter ] though the flag is coming down, okay, good, because that's pretty weird in the middle of
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your act to just go -- [ laughter ] that's just like wow! it's like in the middle of sex to go, bye-bye. >> williams later called that moment, quote, an experience." it certainly was that for sure and, you know, such a big advocate for the uso, six tours around the world with them. some 89,000, 90,000 service members. incredible work there. also a testament to what sort of wit that he had that he turned into those brilliant mopes. hundreds of fans are leaving comments on our facebook page. >> yeah, more than 500 have written us. we asked what's your favorite memory of robin williams. linas says "good morning, vietnam." >> i first saw him in "mork & mindy" and loved him ever since. >> candy says "he was so good in everything he did, such a big loss." leave your favorite memory for us of robin on
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plus, shop your way members earn points on qualifying purchases. kmart. where members always get more. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone, i'm matt o'donnell. it is tuesday, august 12th, it is 4:27 and we're following a bracing story. at least four people have been shot in atlantic city, all in the span of a few hours. we have new video and new information just in. remembering robin williams. we will take a look back at the life and legacy of this comedic genius and coming up later hear about an "action news" morning photographer's personal experience with williams in the movie dead poet society. storm tracker 6 double scan radar is tracking some rain, had of of rain -- heavy rain headed our way. word of a project on the roosevelt boulevard the began something quite different. one of our own taking a dip with
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sharks >> that's right. well, discovery shark week now under way. our fearless correspondent is abc's senior meteorologist ginger zee. >> ripping at a baited chain almost 40 sharks in a feeding frenzy, just yards below that, me. >> oh now, it's over. now they're all at it. they're so big. and i'm so close. it's okay that they're this close. >> it is okay because i am with stuart cove, a 30-year shark veteran, a native bahamian out to prove sharks definitely are predators but we are not their preferred prey. >> sharks aren't indiscriminate killers. they just want to eat what they're supposed to eat which is fish. >> the odds of being attacked by a shark is 1 in 115 million. they're here and so are we. oh, my gosh. still, jumping in with dozens of them? a wet suit flippers and a mask and i was in.
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>> they're getting close to stuart. oh, my gosh. watch as the bait goes into the water. >> the shark has got the chain in his mouth. it's incredible. >> reporter: then that 3,000-some-pound beast of the deep turning tender. >> what's he doing to him? >> he's just coming for a cuddle. >> while i wasn't quite ready for a belly rub i did get in a few pets. >> that's so crazy. >> a magical and humbling experience. oh, my god. wow. >> half of the species are near extinction because of unnecessary killing of sharks. we need to all become shark ambassadors. >> and difficult facts to learn after seeing all that magic underwater. researchers estimate that 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. ginger zee, abc news, new york. >> nerves of steel, that ginger. well, that's what's making news in america this morning. stay with us for "good
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morning america." have a great tuesday. >> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> we are following breaking news on this tuesday, august 12th. it was a violent night in atlantic city with four people getting shot in two separate shootings in span of just a few hours. we'll have the details. >> sneaky bandits are on a rollly in burlington county and they've got a high out for high priced items inside families homes. >> the unexpected loss of one of hollywood's most beloved
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comedians stuns people from coast to coast. we'll take look back at the life of actor comedian and
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